Anticipation

Swan Hollow Studio - silk with filament.  Sheila and Michael Ernst Button and Needles.

Swan Hollow Studio – silk with filament. Sheila and Michael Ernst Button and Needles.

Forbidden Sweater - how could I resist the name of the colour!

Forbidden Sweater – how could I resist the name of the colour!

A box from Buffalo Wool Co arrived yesterday.  This was a special box – well they are all special – but this box held the goodies that I purchased at Stitches South!  It felt like the box took forever!

I love the anticipation of the arrival… the waiting… will the contents be as good as I remember… will the colours as deep or the yarn as soft!  Am I still in love with what I saw and purchased.  The answer is YES!

While I was at Stitches and visiting with Ron and Theresa – I got the chance to pick some colours of Sexy and the Sexy with a Silver Lining – you see I have this idea for a sweater!  The colour is called Forbidden – I do like the name and nothing should be “Forbidden”!  And well, you will have to wait and see what comes out of it!

Baby Makin' Blue - I am makin' a shawl!

Baby Makin’ Blue – I am makin’ a shawl!

I also picked a colour of Sexy for me.  It was love at first sight and has only gotten deeper with the separation – Baby Makin’ Blue.  I see a lace shawl here – one with beads and, and…. you will see!

Now for the Stitches project (no name as yet) – I only bought one yarn, but oh what a yarn.  100% silk, currently undyed, with a thin multi filament spun through the yarn.  This silk comes from Swan Hollow Studio – so many choices!  There is about 1000 yds – enough for a decent size shawl.  This is going to be a painted shawl.  I also purchased a hand crafted glass button from Sheila and Michael Ernst.  This button will be the colour inspiration for the painting of the shawl and the closure for the shawl!  I love multi purpose.

All the colours will be pulled from the button - inspiration in miniature!

All the colours will be pulled from the button – inspiration in miniature!

There is a lot of wait and see here – I will start soon!  Just as soon as I clear a few other things off of the needles – oh and the new needles (also from Sheila and Michael Ernst) should be just the right size for the painted silk shawl!

I collect wooden boxes – I have few (perspective is everything!  LOL!) in the house.  When I saw the Shaker Boxes at Stitches I just fell in love.  The ones I bought were small – the smallest that he makes, but I can add as time goes by!  The top box is only 3 inches wide and 1 inch high.

Only the start of the collection!

Only the start of the collection!

A beautiful profusion of blooms this year.

A beautiful profusion of blooms this year.

Anticipation does not just apply to knitting.  It can also be applied to the garden!  Our garden is a work in progress – when we found Sophie we had to fence the backyard and pulled most of the old plantings out and we have been rebuilding ever since.

We planted a clematis vine two years ago.  A beautiful purple/pink bloom was promised!  The first year – one bloom, the second year – one bloom – but this year 11 blooms and it finally looks like it might stay!  I was sure that it was dead and gone a couple of times!

Are you thinking about the Mystery Class May 28th - here is a little teaser!

Are you thinking about the Mystery Class May 28th – here is a little teaser!

I hope that you have a great long weekend!  Mine will be spent with either camera or knitting needles in hand!

Happy Knitting

Lynette

 

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Come Walk With Me…

Bee's are everywhere

Bee’s are everywhere

…. Under the Blooming Rhododendrons of The Hailey Rhododendron Garden at Bowen Park.  These are tall, mature trees and right now they are in full flower.  A few trees are finished and some trees are just starting but oh so many are in bloom!

The soft breeze carries the rich scent of the blooms and the drone of bees and clear birdsong fills the air.

Across the road is a meadow filled with wildflowers, in pinks, blues and yellows.  The meadow is bordered by Millstone River.  Right now the river is a softly moving stream – the booming roar of the winter waters a pleasant memory.

I hope that you enjoy the walk.

Lynette

Huge blooms dangle overhead.

Huge blooms dangle overhead.

 

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Spring At Piper’s Lagoon

Gorgeous Camas Lilies under the Oaks

Gorgeous Camas Lilies under the Oaks

Walking down the spit.

Walking down the spit.

Early Saturday morning, before we headed up to Campbell River for the Vancouver Island Fibre Fest, we stopped to walk Sophie at Piper’s Lagoon.  It was a glorious morning.

The sun was cascading across the Strait and a breeze was rippling across the tops of the new grasses as we walked down the spit, towards the Garry Oaks.  Deep purple Camas Lilies and yellow wildflowers were blooming in the grasses under the Garry Oaks and in the rock depressions above the stony beaches.  What a walk.

Birds were flitting across the tops of the grasses and serenading from the beach logs.  The air was filled with sound and movement and the world was sparkling with colour and light.  Such a way to start the day.

And the Lilies were blooming above our heads

And the Lilies were blooming above our heads

I hope that you enjoy it too!

Happy Walking

Lynette

Lilies and Light cascading down the hill.

Lilies and Light cascading down the hill.

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Vancouver Island Fibre Fest and Painting DewMoth

Lucy Neatby speaking about her amazing double knit blankets!

Lucy Neatby speaking about her amazing double knit blankets!

I was at the Vancouver Island Fibre Festival this last weekend and it was marvelous.  I watched the fashion show, featuring many of Lucy Neatby’s incredible designs – Lucy was the Highlighted Teacher – and many other garments from the Needle and Arts Center yarn store in Campbell River.  There are a great many talented knitters on this Island.

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Beth modelling Rhiannon

Beth modelling Rhiannon

Before the Fashion Show started I spoke briefly about Rhiannon and the trip to Nashville, Beth modelled Rhiannon for me as I spoke.

Saturday afternoon I demonstrated painting lace knitting to an interested audience of knitter’s, quilters, weavers, and potters. There were also two very interested girls – they helped me pick colours!

As the hour progressed the audience would change and move.  Watching someone paint is something like watching paint dry – the audience came and went and watched the transformation of the shawl.

 

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I did not take any pictures this time as I was working within a set deadline – no time to stop – but I did borrow a few pictures from Shelley Mackie.  She took a few pictures as I worked.

Sunday was the Twined Knitting Class – it was a small but dedicated group and everyone made great progress with their first mitten.  We were also a mobile group as the room we were in had issues with heat – but the center moved us down into the lounge where we were very comfortable!

Pretty colours all in a row.

Pretty colours all in a row.

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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Vancouver Island Fibre Fest Bound

Dewmoth Shawl.  waiting to be painted.

Dewmoth Shawl. waiting to be painted.

The Vancouver Island Fibre Fest is this weekend in Campbell River.  I will be demonstrating Lace Painting on Saturday and I will be teaching Twinned Knitting on Sunday – I hope to see you there.  The painting demonstration starts at 4 and lasts until the piece is painted – probably about an hour.

Dewmoth Shawl is just off the needles and ready to paint.  I have knit it with Fleece Artist Goldielocks, a lovely mohair/silk blend.  This is a worsted weight yarn so it was a quick knit!  Being mohair it feels as light as air.  When done there will be a double edging the second edge will be much smaller and beaded just to dangle over the moth edging.

IMG_0959We will knitting the In-Twinned Fingerless Mittens pattern in the class on Sunday.  This is a great small project to learn some of the more interesting effects that can be created with Twinned Knitting.

I am just about finished the longer version of the In-Twinned Mittens.  I am knitting with the Zealana Rimu Fingering – love this yarn.  It is a special request from one of the students in the Twinned Knitting class.

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Have a great weekend!  Maybe I will see some of you there.

Happy Knitting

Lynette

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Stitches South – Nashville – 2015

The Buffalo Wool Co's Miss Betsy - a travelling store.

The Buffalo Wool Co’s Miss Betsy – a travelling store.  You can see the Rose of Texas Shawl by the door.

Shaker Boxes - all sizes all hand made.  I wanted to bring them all home!

Shaker Boxes – all sizes all hand made. I wanted to bring them all home!

Glass needle tips - works of art, in Pyrex and dichromatic glass.

Glass needle tips – works of art, in Pyrex and dichromatic glass.

This was my first Stitches event.  It was a blast!

I met the Miskins, Ron and Theresa of the Buffalo Wool Co.  It is amazing that we could work together for 2 years and never meet until now – the wonders of the internet.

I saw Rhiannon’s Cloak, on stage and under lights, exactly what it was designed for!  And it was incredible.

Friday night was the Fashion Show and it was why I was there.  Rhiannon’s Cloak was making it’s debut under the lights and I just had to see it and thanks to the Buffalo Wool Co – I did.  All the work and worry was worth it!IMG_0830

I walked the floor at Stitches and saw so many wonderful things; yarns, tools and fibre.  Something for everybody and every interest.

Lost City Knits Booth

Lost City Knits Booth

There are so many talented yarn people out there.  Small indie dyers and large companies were represented.  From Plucky Knitter and Verdant Gryphon, Lost City Knits , Dragonfly Fibers, and Adirondack Yarns, and Prism – the selection was amazing – special colourways dyed just for the show, one-offs and sweater quantities – there enough yarn for every need or interest.

Ron Miskin of the BWC.

Ron Miskin of the BWC.

I don’t need any yarn – seriously I don’t – I work in a yarn store and I design for the Buffalo Wool Co.  I have enough yarn.  Really…. I do.  But that didn’t stop me from purchasing some yarn – but you will have to wait to see it!  It is being sent with the other items I purchased.  I didn’t have room in the suitcase.

What yarn tempted me?  Well it is a 100% silk laceweight, undyed, with a glitter thread through it.  I saw it at the Swan Hollow Studio Booth.  I bought 2 hanks for a shawl for painting.  I also found a hand made glass button from Sheila and Michael Ernst.

Swans Hollow Booth

Swans Hollow Booth

Colours in the shawl will come from that button!  I just can’t stop thinking about it and I can hardly wait for it to arrive here.

It was the tools that got me.  Hand made glass needles, beautiful hand made shaker boxes – I could have just spent every penny there – but how to get them home?  Sock blockers and yarn bowls, swifts and knitting bags were all there.  I was in awe and on a budget!

More boxes!

More boxes!

My other big purchase came at the Saw Dust Co. (sorry, couldn’t find a link to his website that worked) Booth.  Three little perfect Shaker Boxes – perfect for my stitch markers or perhaps other small tools.  I could have purchased everything in his booth.  I went back several times over the 3 days I was there.  Form, function and beauty – I was hooked.

I have more to share about this trip – but it will take a little time to put it all together.

Happy Viewing

Lynette

 

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Rhiannon’s Cloak at Stitches

This is my Favorite Photo.

This is my Favorite Photo.

I – Umm! – took a few photo’s at the Fashion Show Friday night at Stitches South!  Rhiannon’s Cloak was a hit at the show.

It was a wonderful event – proper post to follow tomorrow!

Happy Viewing

Lynette

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